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Realizing the American dream

Wellington and Dania Ortega from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, came to the United States 13 years ago in search of a better life for themselves and their new family: “We wanted to realize the American dream of owning a home,” says Dania. The high cost of living, however, made this dream seem impossible. That is, until they learned about Habitat for Humanity.

Wellington and Dania Ortega are realizing the American dream of homeownership with the help of Habitat for Humanity.


The Ortegas currently rent a two-bedroom house that they share with their four children: two boys and two girls, ages 2, 6, 12 and 13. In preparation for building their home, the Ortegas have been taking construction classes through HFH Detroit—gaining skills that will serve them well as new homeowners.

“We’re so excited to be learning new skills,” says Dania. “We will be able to fix things ourselves now.”

Wellington says that the children are ready to move into their new house even though it isn’t finished yet. “They said that they would sleep on the floor while the house was being built,” he says. And Wellington and Dania’s oldest daughter is already thinking about how she will decorate her room.

Dania is thankful to have achieved her American dream through Habitat for Humanity. “If you look for it in the United States, you will find it,” she says.

Thankfully, the Ortegas have found what they were looking for—a home of their own where they can live and grow as a family.

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